The Salary Ranges of Product Specialists

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Product specialist jobs combine product development, pricing and marketing. These specialists need business savvy along with education and experience. Product specialists work in a wide variety of industries, such as financial firms, insurance companies and computer and software manufacturers. Product specialist salaries have a very wide range.

Nationwide Range

  • Product specialists earn a median annual salary of $81,250 as of March 2011, as found by Salary.com. The middle 50 percent on the earnings range have annual salaries of $68,686 to $98,824. The top 10 percent earn at least $114,824 per year, and only the bottom 10 percent have salaries of $57,247 and below.

Geography

  • Salaries for product specialists vary a great deal with geography. Product specialists in Flagstaff, Ariz., ona, earn a median salary of $72,397, while those in Los Angeles have a median salary of $90,480 per year. Product specialists in Moorhead, Minn., have annual median pay of $76,334; in Omaha, Neb.,$76,486; in Boise, Idaho, $77,390; in Albany, N.Y., $83,086; in Detroit, $85,661; and in Worcester, Mass., $87,059.

Job Openings

  • The job search website Indeed.com lists hundreds of available positions for product specialists throughout the country in 2011. Jobs are available with well-known companies such as Apache Design Solutions, Dell Inc., Google, Hewlett-Packard, Integra LifeSciences, the Nielsen Company, Moody's, New York Life, Symantec, Tyco Electronics and UnitedHealth Group. Posted salaries have a very wide range, from $35,000 to $100,000 per year. One organization offers a base salary of $90,000 to $100,000, with an expected commission of $60,000 per year. Examples of benefits for product specialists include a company-matched 401(k) savings plan, an employee stock purchase plan, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and medical, vision, dental and life insurance.

Requirements

  • The Indeed.com job listings illustrate typical requirements employers have for product specialist candidates. Organizations generally require a bachelor's degree in business or in a field relevant to the industry along with a minor in business. Some prefer a master's degree, often a master's of business administration. Three to five years of experience in marketing, business or product development also is a common requirement.

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